MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey (left) debriefs with (clockwise from left) Cameron Petersen, Mathew Scholtz, and Jake Gagne after they tested their Medallia Superbikes on the newly repaved WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca road course.
Following an invitation by Dunlop, the spec tire manufacturer of the MotoAmerica series, seven Medallia Superbike riders and a Steel Commander Stock 1000 rider competing in Superbike Cup joined test rider Bryce Prince at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for a special test session on America’s Independence Day.
Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing’s Jake Gagne and Cameron Petersen, Tytlers Cycle Racing BMW’s Cameron Beaubier, Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Richie Escalante and new team member Brandon Paasch, Westby Racing Yamaha’s Mathew Scholtz, and Steel Commander Racing Kawasaki’s Gabriel Da Silva all rode their respective MotoAmerica racebikes, and they were also joined by Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati’s Josh Herrin, who was aboard a loaner Ducati streetbike.
The riders reported that the track is smooth, but obviously still “green,” meaning that there is not a lot of rubber yet embedded in the new aggregate, other than on a narrow race line around the circuit.
As a result, MotoAmerica issued another Competitor’s Bulletin, reporting that Tuesday’s special session netted improvements in tire grip. Due to the improvements made by the nine riders on track on Tuesday, MotoAmerica has tentatively scheduled an extra session for both the Superbike and Supersport classes to continue to develop the track ion Thursday leading into this weekend’s MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey.
Here’s the latest Competitor’s Bulletin: